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Last edited 04 Oct 2019
Competence can usually only be ascertained on the basis of historical actions, but these can be projected into the future to give an idea of how someone might perform under a specific set of circumstances. So, on the basis of past work completed, an architect may be expected to do well (and so show competence) on a new building project. Competency and success usually go hand in hand: exhibiting competence is a vital characteristic for progression in any career.
However, competence can be a subjective criterion – what may appear competent to one person may seem incompetent to another.
The opposite of competence is incompetence which is defined as a tendency to not do things well, even badly. An incompetent person generally makes mistakes, gets things wrong and may be scorned by some in society – incompetence is not an admired trait.
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